A pro-life rally through Szczecin

Szczecin received Our Blessed Mother in the Czestochowa Icon extremely hospitably.  There were many meetings, little time, and everywhere very many, many people.

First, the Icon stopped at Solar District in a beautiful, modern church under the patronage of the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary.  At 20:00 (8:00 p.m.), from there, departed the pro-life rally of vehicles.  The flagged cars accompanied the illuminated shrine of the Czestochowa Icon on wheels.  Some of the banners recalled the marches for life in Szczecin, which are currently the largest ones in Poland.  Hung on tall fishing poles, the banners resembled angel wings.  The sight was spectacular, especially on bridges.

Around 21:00 hours or 9:00 p.m. local time, Our Lady visited the beautiful Cathedral of St. James in Szczecin – unfortunately, it was a very brief visit.  The prayer devotion was led by Bishop Blazej Kryszylowicz.  Yet, there was not much time, especially because there was a significant schedule delay at the end of the day.

The next point of peregrination, "From Ocean to Ocean" in Defense of Life was the visit at the Orthodox parish of St. Nicholas, where they sang the Akathist.

At the end of the evening, or rather at the beginning of a long nightly prayer vigil, the Icon had arrived to the already full Basilica of St. John the Baptist, where the crowds had gathered in great numbers.  After the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which was celebrated by the Archbishop Andrzej Dziega, the Metropolitan Bishop of Szczecin-Kamien.  The prayer vigil watch was led by the pro-life youth from Civitas Christiana, the members of the movement of Renewal in the Holy Spirit, the Covenant of Mercy, and the Family of Radio Maria.  At 1:00 a.m., the next Mass was being celebrated by twenty priests.  Despite the late hour, the basilica did not become empty until the next morning, when after another celebration of the Mass and a farewell, the Icon of Czestochowa departed for Mysliborz on the border of the archdiocese.


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